Preston Lodge History Club update…


During the past 6 months the coolest group of pupils started coming to History Club with the delightful Miss Strachan. So far they have learned about lots of different topics including the 1960s, the Cold War, Mary Queen of Scots and Hitler.

At the moment they are investigating the life and times of the Romans.

Don’t worry – they don’t do writing or essays! The group simply eat, chat and talk historical nonsense! Watch this space – where we will tell you what we’ve been up to…

Anyone interested in joining the History Club, please come along and see Miss Strachan – it’s free and fun!

Fiddlesticks Concert

Fiddlesticks in Concert

Thursday 2nd April


Ross High Hall

Fiddlesticks, a new orchestra of pupils from the Ross High and Preston Lodge cluster schools, will be performing a concert of modern arrangements of folk music.

They proved very popular at the Christmas concert so please come along and give them your support.

Tickets £3 (concessions £1) available at Ross High School Reception (01875 610433)

or email:

Fiddlesticks will also be in concert at the Longniddry Church on Wednesday 25th March at 7.30pm

After January’s sell-out concert by the senior students of Preston Lodge High School – and what a fabulous night that was! – we now have another not-to-be-missed date for your diary. On Wednesday 25th March at 7.30pm, Longniddry Parish Church will welcome a new string orchestra made up of players from this part of East Lothian. “Fiddlesticks”, organised by our schools’ string instructor, Mrs Carolyn Wilson, is a group that is full of budding talent, so it will be lovely to enjoy their music presented in a range of different styles.
Admission is free, with donations welcome on the night to benefit this latest venture in East Lothian Schools music. Do come along once again, and encourage the youngsters in their music!

New Pupil E-Mail System Launched

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From the end of March the existing pupil e-mail system provided by Edukit will be closed.

If you have any important e-mail or information stored on the site you must remove or you will lose it!

New Pupil e-mail system

During the next few days we will be registering all pupils with a new system for pupil e-mail. The new system is hosted by Google and works just like a Google Mail account, it is called

Your new e-mail address is     (e.g. “”)

Your username is the same as your Network log-in username.

Your e-mail password

This is the same as your Network password, but you must change this when you log-in.

Pupil e-mail system :

More information on the Pupil E-mail system can be found on the “Pupil e-mail” tab of the Daily Notices

Rotary Young Technologist Tournament 2009


Rotary Technology Tournament provides an opportunity for students to use team-building skills in solving a design and technology problem, as well as to practice oral, written and graphical communications skills.

The Tournament is a one-day event for teams of 4 students from local schools and
colleges who undertake a previously unseen challenge against the clock of a design, build
and test nature. Teams can enter at basic, intermediate or advanced levels.

The task is and its execution develops team building, communication skills, planning and time management, as well as solving a design and technology problem.

The day culminates in the testing session when teams can see the performance of competing designs and solutions.

On Thursday 3rd of March, three teams of Preston Lodge pupils traveled to the Rotary Young Technology tournament at Musselburgh Grammar School.

The twelve Preston Lodge young people from our school were a credit to the school and they participated in the competition with maturity and enthusiasm.

The S1 & S2 team were not placed but their invention fulfilled the criteria best of all the 16 competing teams.

The S3 & S4 teams achieved second place in their category and were only, according to the judges, ‘a hairsbreadth away from winning’. The majority of teams in this age group were S4 pupils or had a S4 representation – our team consisted entirely of S3 pupils.

The winners of the Senior Event were the team from Preston Lodge.

Mathew Banks, Kirsty Fraser, David Gibson and Sam Gray produced a fantastic structure which blew the opposition away. Like the intermediate team these four S5 pupils were up against teams comprising of pupils older than themselves and in S6.

All of the Preston Lodge S5 team are in Mr.Noble’s Higher Graphic Communication class, but the qualities required to do well in a competition like this, collaboration, setting challenging goals, thinking creatively and independently……are skills developed throughout the school.

The accompanying teacher, Mr.Cruickshank commented:

I think that a major contributing factor to the success of PL pupils in the competition is the excellence of the curriculum offered to youngsters in this school and I am sure that a large number of the staff have added value to the educational experience that these children have so far received in Preston Lodge High School.

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TESS: “Digging up yesterday’s rubbish”

Preston Lodge High School made the papers yet again – this time in TESS: the Times’ Educational Supplement in Scotland on Friday 6th March. The article features news of the recent archaeological project that a group of S1 history pupils participated in, investigating the Battle of Prestonpans. You can read the article here, or below:


Digging up yesterday’s rubbish

History is brought to life via archaeology and artefacts found on a famous battleground

In groups of two, the first-year pupils examine the artefacts, writing down size, shape and colour. They say what the objects feel like, and what they could possibly be. This may not be a real archaeological dig, but for the youngsters at Preston Lodge High in Prestonpans, it is the next best thing, re-enacting what happens and discovering what an archaeologist does.

The East Lothian school lies on part of the site where Bonnie Prince Charlie fought and won the Battle of Prestonpans in 1745 – his day of triumph before he Continue reading TESS: “Digging up yesterday’s rubbish”

Lee’s a music star at age 15 but he’s ‘Keepin’ it Reel’

A Preston Lodge pupil made the papers this week – here’s the article which featured in the ‘East Lothian Courier‘:

Lee Mannion, of Rowanhill Way (pictured front with striped sweatshirt), plays percussion with 15-piece band KODA and their album ‘Keepin’ It Reel’ was released last Monday.

KODA is made up of young musicians between the ages of 14 and 18 from all over the south of Scotland who play accordian, fiddle, bagpipes, piano, bass, keyboards, drums, percussion and provide vocals, creating a unique contemporary sound.

The S4 Preston Lodge High School pupil – who also plays in Prestonpans-based band ‘Unplugged’ – has been in KODA for three years and performed at last year’s Scottish music festival T in the Park. He sits his intermediate 2 music exam this year.

Although the band is well known for its cover versions of modern popular songs, its latest album contains traditional Scottish music and songs played in a contemporary style. ‘Keepin’ it Reel’ – priced £12 – is available locally from J Robertson, Links Road Garage, Port Seton and Strawberry Corner Garden Centre, Wallyford.

The band’s next performance will be at a ‘Homecoming Scotland 2009’ event at Dalkeith Schools Community Campus on Sunday, March 29.

Preston Lodge High School goes global!